Pregnant wife keeps employee off the road

Employee worried about getting back from trip late and leaving pregnant wife with special needs son
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/14/2011

This instalment of You Make the Call features a union employee who refused to travel while his wife went through a high-risk pregnancy.

Bruno Loranger was an Ottawa-based bilingual labour relations officer for the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU), a national union representing federal public servants working for the Canada Border Services Agency. His duties included providing assistance, guidance, counselling and representation for union members, which sometimes required travel about two or three times per year.

Loranger had a son with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which put a significant demand on Loranger and his wife. This was exacerbated by the fact Loranger’s wife had two miscarriages and became pregnant again in September 2008. This latest pregnancy was labeled high-risk by doctors.